2007/01/24

"Congratulations, Madam Speaker! Congratulations."

Thank you very much. And tonight I have the high privilege and distinct honor of my own as the first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: 'Madam Speaker.' ...

In his day, the late Congressman Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., from Baltimore, Md., saw Presidents Roosevelt and Truman at this rostrum. But nothing could compare with the sight of his only daughter, Nancy, presiding tonight as speaker of the House of Representatives. Congratulations, Madam Speaker! Congratulations.


My first reaction to last night's SOTU wasn't very positive (not like it was going to be given the man at the podium). More on that later, but...damn...Bush's opening remarks were gracious!

I haven't had much nice to say about my representative lately, but I do recognize how important it is that Nancy Pelosi is our Speaker. Congratulations indeed!

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Having not listened to the speech, his opening remarks about Pelosi sound like the only decent part. I wonder if he mentioned NASA's mission to Mars again.

Re: San Francisco this summer, I'll let you know the details as the date draws closer...
Just him being FORCED to acknowledge her was the sweetest thing EVER!
Comandante, Old Broad... Maybe Bush is capable of internalizing how things are changing after all. Though I have to say that reading what I have of the rest of his speech, I'm not so sure.

Still, as you say, it was good ot hear.
He may be willing to try some different approaches toward health care and the environment, but I suspect it is mostly lip service on his part. He only has a couple of years left, so there may not be enough time to figure out whether or not some of his proposals are going to work. My guess is that whatever Dumbya proposes would work... to further line the pockets of his family and his rich friends.

The war has done a nice job of that, so I can see why he wants to keep the U.S. in Iraq as long as possible, like for the rest of his term... so that he can then foist the mess onto the poor sap who succeeds him. Dumbya doesn't have to run for office again, so he probably feels like the pressure is off, and he can basically do as he pleases.

I noticed he wasn't using his folksy persona with Texas accent until it came time to show off the props in the audience. The accent became thick in places as he poured on the syrup. After that portion of the speech, he quickly got rid of his accent. I think this guy is a graduate of "Bad Acting 101". I hope he isn't like Fred Thompson, that is, after his career in politics is done I hope he doesn't decided to go into acting. At least Thompson can act, but every time I see Thompson on TV my blood boils.

Bush WAS nice to Pelosi. That was good on his part. He doesn't do ALL wrong... just maybe like about 99% wrong.
Were I the Speaker of the House, I would personally be insulted and disgusted to have my name on the lips of that blood-drenched mass-murderer.

I need no Kudos from Charles Manson, nor from George Walker Bush.
You should appreciate your congressperson. You could have mine. I will give you Michelle Bachmann for Pelosi if you want.

Bachmann loves Bush
Seeing Pelosi on the right and Cheney on the left reminded me of the angel and the devil sitting on the shoulders of monkey boy.
...so he probably feels like the pressure is off, and he can basically do as he pleases.

You really think so Snave? My read that Bush is desperate to salvage something from his Presidency...anything...that will keep him from being forever associated with failure in Iraq as well as being the most despised president in modern history.

Sewmouse... You're point is well taken, but I still liked reading his opening.
Me4Prez... Oh...no...no...No...NO! You've already told me what a whack-job your rep is.

James... :-) :-) :-)

Cheney: "Wail on those whiney sums-o-biches!"

Pelosi: "Bring it!"
I thought I'd left one comment, but the google monsters must be hungry.

first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: 'Madam Speaker.' ...
I personally, would rather be damned by a homeless person for having a warm house, than praised by a known, admitted War Criminal, but to each their own......
I personally, would rather be damned by a homeless person for having a warm house, than praised by a known, admitted War Criminal, but to each their own...

I'm sort of tickled that it was Bush who had to say it, and that he brought the whole situation on himself.
I found the sight of Cheney and Pelosi, supposedly sworn enemies, applauding and standing, applauding and standing, was sickening.

Once you join the exclusive club the people you're supposed to represent are forgotten!
I thought it to be a good moment for a change.
The one thing that gave me enormous pleasure was knowing how much he hated having to introduce Nancy Pelosi.
Even the spider is gracious when greeting the fly.

Don't make anything of those words, remember the words of the past - if this man wanted cooperation, and the programs he proposed - he could have done it in the Republican Congress.
Now that he's not in his happy place he plays pretend pretty.

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